(credit: left, hollyacresnursery.com … right, neighborhoodchristmastreefarm.com)
When it comes to finding the perfect Christmas tree, many people love the experience of wandering out through the forest to find and cut their own tree. If you feel like playing lumberjack, refer to some of the spots listed on a previous article where you can hack away at the Christmas tree of your dreams. Most of the nurseries on this list have saws that you can use so you won’t even need to bring your own tools. Since most of these are quite a drive outside of Denver and you’ll be visiting a small independently owned farm, you’ll want to call first to ensure there are still trees available and that they are open. Then jump in the car and head out for your tree-cutting adventure.
Creekside Tree Nursery
3283 61st St.
Boulder, CO 80301
Creekside Tree Nursery is a fantastic location in Boulder to pick and cut your Christmas tree. You’ll find trees from two feet to 18 feet in all sorts of varieties. From Fraser Fir to Noble Fir to White Pine, Douglas Fir, Nordman Fir and more, there is a tree for everyone here and you’ll find the perfect one for your family. Plus, for every tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its place. Creekside recommends you enjoy the tree-cutting experience after dark, sipping on hot chocolate while munching on a candy cane.
Your Neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm
4340 N 13th St.
Boulder, CO 80304
Visit Your Neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm for another great choose-and-cut Christmas tree experience. You’ll explore the aisles and aisles of trees, find the perfect one for your home and your family and cut it down yourself. This farm provides the saws so you don’t need to worry about finding the right tools. If you are worried about having a live tree last long enough, you can pick your tree early and come back later to cut it down and bring it home. While you are there, enjoy some hot apple cider and grill some marshmallows on a campfire. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the tree-cutting experience with the family.
Pikes Peak Alpacas and Tree Farm
18520 Shannon Road
Black Forest, CO 80908
Drive a bit south of Denver to visit Pikes Peak Alpacas and Tree Farm. You’ll find about 5,500 trees that are mostly Scotch Pine, but you’ll find some Blue Spruce as well. These are taller trees, perfect for a large home with a high ceiling. There’s no need to bring your own tools here either, there are plenty of saws to use. Your kids will have a great time hunting through the Pikes Peak Alpacas and Tree Farm forest for the perfect tree and you’ll create a bunch of great family memories. Make sure to bring the camera for those photo ops, dress for the weather and check out the beautiful wreaths as well.
Christmas Trees at the Covered Bridge Ranch
17249 6250 Dave Wood Road
Montrose, CO 81403
Make some really beautiful memories and take some truly stunning family photos at the Covered Bridge Ranch. It’s a bit of a drive but you’ll find a picturesque Colorado ranch perfect for that tree-cutting experience. You’ll wander through the scenic tree fields and decorated barns as you search for your perfect tree. You can even meet Gus and Sam, the two Clydesdale horses that call this ranch home. While you are there, make the most of your experience and go on a hay ride, roast some marshmallows and sip on some hot apple cider. There is also a gift shop, wreath decorating and more for the whole family to enjoy.
Holly Acres Nursery
5403 Highway 86
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Holly Acres Nursery is like taking a trip to the North Pole. In addition to the tree-cutting experience, you’ll find pony rides, hay rides, balloon art, face painting, crafting with elves and even a visit with the big man himself – Santa Claus. Of course, plenty of candy canes, hot cocoa and more will be there to keep your bellies full as you enjoy all of the different activities. There is also a beautiful gift shop with all sorts of hand-tied wreaths and garlands, stockings, ornaments and other memorable gifts and holiday décor.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.